“Intensely personal and yet at once universal, [Amanda’s] songs can be as intimate as a confessional box or as independent as a fifth generation grand dame”, writes Alanna Nash – Music Journalist.
With a powerful delivery of uncompromising lyrics, singer songwriter Amanda Hunt-Taylor has etched her mark among the heavy hitters in the music industry. Topping the Americana charts with her first debut CD “Only When I Breathe”, a full-bodied record overflowing with Amanda’s divergent musical tastes, showcases the many sides to this seasoned Artist, Producer and Award Winning Writer.
Hunt-Taylor, grew up in the heart of the Nashville music industry and is a second generation songwriter. Amanda was writing songs before she could even write. Inspired to tell a story, she would have her big sisters write down every word she would say, according to Amanda’s mom, if her sisters didn’t write it down, she would throw a fit until they did.
Leaving Belmont College her sophomore year, in the mid 80’s, feeling restless and ready to pursue her musical career, she hit music row and began her career as a songwriter and demo singer. Landing her first publishing deal with New Clarion Music Group a few years later, it wasn’t until her third publishing deal in 1994 with Gila Monster Music when she co-penned her first #1 HIT song titled, “Your Love Amazes Me”. The song was named SESAC’s “Song of the Year” and Amanda was named as SESAC’S “Song Writer of the Year”. She was also honored with “Song of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” awards at the Nationally televised Country Music Songwriters Awards Show. The song went number one in all 3 charts for country music artist John Berry. It was also a top ten HIT for adult contemporary artist Michael English. Something most do not know is that Tanya Tucker was the first artist to actually cut the song. You can find Your Love Amazes Me on her box set.
In 2000, Amanda opened up her own record label – AmandaRick Records and teamed up with George Marinelli (Multi-Instrumentalist and guitar player for Bonnie Riatt) and created her debut CD titled “Only When I Breathe.” Released by her record label, AmandaRick Records, her first single, “Your Love Amazes Me,” charted in the top 20 of the Americana Charts.
In 2012 Amanda released her 5 song EP. “Never Wanna Die.” Hunt-Taylor’s most powerful work to date. Amanda adds: “It was very important that I create a body of work that was a reflection of my production style and writing style. I wanted to my original tracks on every song. I didn’t want this EP to be another EP that you co-write the songs, then hand it off to studio musicians and let them create whatever vibe they want. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just the way I’ve always done it and I wanted to do it different this time. It was important for me to create the mood, the vibe, before the musicians heard any of these songs. Which is why I kept all my original acoustic tracks that were recorded the very moment the song was written. I always hit record anytime and for everything I write, immediately. There is a certain inspired vibe that comes with that original track and vocal that you can’t get back. It was important to me that each song had that original vibe. Then one by one I added the musician’s tracks to each song. The only exception was on the song Did We Ever Stop Falling. Michael Whitaker played keys on that song, and although I really struggled when thinking about replacing my part, I knew my part was not that great, it just wasn’t, but the song was, so stepped back and went with my gut and I was right, Michael is a genius and knocked it out of the ball park! And that’s how Never Wanna Die was made.”
With rave reviews, Amanda succeeded once again in making her mark among the heavy hitters of the music industry, and among the greats in this world of songwriters. Hunt-Taylor’s independent EP, “Never Wanna Die”, can be purchased on iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon music and many other online music retail stores.
Currently, Amanda is working on her next EP project in Fort Worth, Texas where her and her husband now reside. Release date is unknown.
Stay tuned ….